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17 from WDC attend FCCLA conference

Photo by Dana Pavek/WDC Schools Members of the Wadena-Deer Creek FCCLA Club that attended the state convention in Bloomington are, front row: Morgan Schiller. Second row, from left: Cindi Koll, Jodana Albers, Hailey Formo and Desiree Isola. Third row, from left: Hope Norenberg, Rylie Langer, Mikena Formanek, Olivia Schwartz, Paige Schiller, Lauren Soroko and Angela Torrkola. Back row, from left: Arriana Cotton, Kayla Hanson, Katelyn Hanson, Jessica Langer and Shania Lannes. Missing: Melody Goeden and...

Seventeen members of the Wadena-Deer Creek chapter of Minnesota Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently attended a three-day state conference in Bloomington, Minn.

Making the trip from WDC were Paige Schiller, Melody Goeden, Hailey Formo, Shania Lannes, Katelyn Hanson, Kayla Hanson, Desiree Isola, Rylie Langer, Angela Torrkola, Arriana Cotton, Lauren Soroko, Olivia Schwartz, Mikena Formanek, Hope Norenberg, Jessica Langer and Kelsie Pierce.

The keynote speaker at the 1,400-strong conference was former NFL football player Keith Davis. Others making appearances during the conference including former national FCCLA president Jason Westerheide, Minnesota state colleges and universities government relations associate Candi Walz, Lifetouch Studio president Nancy Dahl, and Minnesota's Morgan Croft, the national FCCLA vice president of public relations.

Workshops and session held during the state conference were featuring fitness and financial literacy: Tae Kwon Do and Hip Hop sessions, a fitness workshop with the National Guard, a Thrivent Financial workshop, and a Children's Miracle Network session with Gillette Children's Hospital representatives.

FCCLA delegates were visible at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington, and also at the State Capitol in Saint Paul. On Friday morning, 200 members and chaperones made an impact at the Capitol with FCCLA red. Attendees spoke with Minnesota legislative members and a short program was held in the Rotunda.

The state level of Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Event competitions took place throughout the conference. Students presented their projects that included a variety of topics like personal fitness, cancer awareness and traffic safety. The state winners will go to compete at the national level this summer in Anaheim, California.

Morgan Schiller and Jodana Albers advanced to the nationals with their Chapter Showcase project. Hailey Formo was named alternate in the Career Investigation event.

WDC FCCLAer Anissa Mench turned her job as the Region 6 treasurer to Desiree Isola.